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Exploring what visionary leaders, savvy businesses, and forward thinking individuals are doing to build a more inclusive economy.






027: To Infinity and Beyond

Topic: Introducing Infinite Earth Radio In This Episode:0:19 Special announcement about the future of Equitable Opportunity Radio2:18 Introduction of Vernice Miller-Travis and Carl Schneebeck3:12 Carl reflects on the highlight moments of Equitable Opportunity Radio4:26 Carl and Michael discuss their new podcast project6:38 Vernice shares her insights on the last 6 months of Equitable Opportunity Radio8:50 Michael and Vernice discuss the vision and purpose of Infinite Earth Radio10:30...


026: What Would it Look Like if We Started Over?

Organization:When it comes to our current food system, Hampton Creek believes it is time to start over and ask what it is that you really want to eat. They believe eating right shouldn't be so hard; that good food should be good for your body, good for your budget, easy on the earth, and insanely delicious. They believe you shouldn't have to compromise on anything and that it should be available for everyone everywhere. Topic:Food That’s Just Better Guest:Udi Lazimy is the Global Plant...


025: Groceries as if People Mattered

Organization:People’s Community Market is a new business that is emerging from and building on the ten years of experience, track record andsocial relations of its sister organization, People’s Grocery, which is a non-profit that has operated numerous food projects (including the Mobile Market and the Grub Box), urban gardens and nutrition education programs. Their purpose is to create and operate a small-format, full-service grocery store in West Oakland, which is a community that has not...


024: Thinking Outside the Food Pantry

Organization:Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Along with approximately 970 partner agencies, they help nearly one in five households fend off hunger. They work to address the root causes of hunger by offering nutrition education, strengthening local food systems, collaborating with community groups, and advocating for hunger relief at the...


023: The People Behind the Food

Organization:Bom Dia Market is an inviting corner market offering local and international beer and wine, freshly prepared foods, and thoughtfully sourced grocery and household staples. Bom Dia Market is setting a new standard in the service industry. Bom Dia Market is committed to valuing work-life balance, providing a living wage at all levels of the company, offering competitive benefits (including vacation time), and immersing employees in the intersection of local food lovers and food...


022: Valuing Food Artisans

Organization:Maker’s Common is a new eatery and market brought to you by the people of Mission Cheese. Imagine Mission Cheese but bigger, with an expanded menu and an attached, highly-curated market. It will feature America’s best cheese, beer, wine, charcuterie, and more in a space that is well-designed but casual, that pays homage to the makers of delicious food and beverage. Maker’s Common is offering up to $600,000 in notes to pay for the buildout of a cheese and charcuterie bar and...


021: Is This Working for You?

Organization:The Local Mission Market was founded on a truly revolutionary idea. All markets--from big boxes to tiny boutiques--have always been and still are aggregators: They distinguish themselves by the products they buy, whether industrial or artisanal production. Either way, the food you buy is not made there and not by people you know.At Local Mission Market, we are the producers. We are the makers. Every day, on-site, in view of every customer and in conversation with you, we craft...


020: Portland is a Movable Side Yard Feast

Organization:The Side Yard is an urban farm, supper club and catering company located in the NE Cully Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Since 2009 they have provided local restaurants with creative organic produce and the community with food, education and opportunity. The farm is largely operated by volunteers and interns who gain hands on experience with the urban seed to plate movement. The Side Yard offers urban farm suppers & brunches, private catering, nomadic pop-ups, educational...


019: Making Healthy Food Available to All with The Food Trust

Organization:The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in the city and across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. Topic:How...


Episode 018: Changing Lives One Clairesquare at a Time with La Cocina

La Cocina is a non-profit incubator kitchen based in San Francisco, CA that prides itself on cultivating food entrepreneurs. La Cocina provides affordable commercial kitchen space and hands on technical assistance to low income and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching, growing, and formalizing food businesses. La Cocina prioritizes women entrepreneurs with a special focus on immigrant women and women of color. Their vision is for entrepreneurs to gain financial security by doing what...


017: Extreme Makeover: Ugly Produce Edition with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

As much as 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States never gets eaten and typically ends up in landfills or goes unharvested in the field, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Megan Burritt, Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and director of sustainability and wellness at Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, saw an opportunity to address this issue, developing pathways that connect fresh food waste in the supply chain with food insecure consumers. This led the...


016: Sustainable Food (and Management Education) with Presidio Graduate School

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we begin a new series on the relationship between food and equitable opportunity. In today’s food culture, we’re seeing a rising number of individuals, businesses and communities that are rethinking how we grow, process, and consume our food. In this series we partner with Presidio Graduate School to bring you a series of stories about the pioneers who are working to innovate and transform our food system into one that promotes better health...


015: Broadening Women’s Roles in Hollywood, a Camp Reel Stories participant’s pursuit of diversity in the film industry

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, Sydney Torrens, a high school student and participant in Camp Reel Stories joins the conversation to share her perspective on the media’s role in shaping people’s perception of world. Even as a young adult, Sydney understands the huge impact the media has on women’s ability to participate equally in the workplace and in the economy. She explains how Camp Reel Stories has provided her with the inside scoop on Hollywood and guidance on how...


014: Training young women for employment in film careers—how Esther Pearl and Camp Reel Stories are creating a more inclusive media landscape

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we talk with Esther Pearl, the Founder and Executive Director of Camp Reel Stories, a media camp for young women. Esther joins the conversation to share with us about the under-representation of women both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry and the profound effect this has on our society and our economy. Camp Reel Stories teaches young women how to make movies in the new digital media era. The camp has a powerful team of...


013: From Unemployed Berkeley Dropout to Climate Change Warrior the Tyi Johnson and Rising Sun Energy Center Story

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we talk with Tyi Johnson a graduate of the Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program at Rising Sun Energy Center. Tyi shares her personal journey from dropping out of UC Berkeley because she could not afford the tuition to working full-time in a green job as part of the Smart Lights Program at Community Energy Services Corporation. Topic: The Green Economy and Workforce Development Guest: Tyi Johnson is a graduate of the Green Energy...


012: Green Job Training and Workforce Development, Jodi Pincus, Rising Sun Energy Center

This episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio explores what one leading workforce development organization is doing to simultaneously address climate change, water shortages, youth employment and obstacles to employment for low income adults. Rising Sun Energy Center, a green workforce development and energy retrofit services organization, works throughout the San Francisco Bay area to develop a green workforce while reducing environmental impacts and saving low income families money on...


011: Equity: The Neglected Pillar of Sustainability, Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage

This episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio covers the role equity has played in the sustainability movement to date and the future of equity as a measure of sustainability in the future. Our guest, Bob Willard, is a best-selling author and a globally recognized thought leader on the topics of making the business case for sustainability and measuring an organization's sustainability. Bob shares with us his thoughts on the biggest global challenges (carbon, water, and poverty) we face. He...


010: Revitalization in Baltimore after Freddie Gray, Mel Freeman, Citizens Planning & Housing Association

On this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we explore the revitalization challenges facing neighborhoods in West Baltimore before and after the tragic death of Freddie Gray. Our guest, Mel Freeman, is a long-time community development activist and consultant and the former Executive Director of Citizens Planning & Housing Association in Baltimore, Maryland. Mel shares how inadequate access to quality infrastructure, services, and employment opportunities acts as a major barrier to...


009: Anchor Institutions and Worker Cooperatives: Domenic Fatica, Evergreen Energy Solutions

Domenic has spent most of his adult life working in the construction industry and now, in his 60s, he is working the best job he has ever had and never wants to retire. In fact, he loves the job so much he recruited his 88-year-old father to help train his co-workers. On this week’s episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, we interview Domenic Fatica, the General Manager of Evergreen Energy Solutions (E2S) worker cooperative in Cleveland. E2S hires individuals who have life experiences that...


008: Anchor Institutions and Community Wealth Building: Ted Howard, The Dem

On this episode of Equitable Opportunity radio, host Mike Hancox and co-host Vernice Miller Travis interview Ted Howard, the Co-founder and Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. Ted explains the role anchor institutions and worker collaboratives play in building a more inclusive economy. Anchor institutions are large, placed-based, nonprofit organizations that tend not to relocate. Anchor institutions can have a major impact on local economies and...